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Old 12-07-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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as we research potential places to move, pizza quality is a huge factor.

so what's your favorite pizza place in the albany/troy/schenectady area and why? i have to admit we are a bit nervous about the pizza scene up there.

my favorite style (and my husband's too) is new haven style - it's basically neapolitan with a thin, chewy crust, cooked in a coal-fired oven, a little bit burnt, sauce that is fresh-tasting and not very sweet, mozzarella is considered a topping (it comes with grated parm or romano by default). is there anything like that in the albany area?

we also like new york (city!) style. thin crust is good.

i know this can be a controversial topic but we'd love to assemble a list of places to check out when we visit or move there.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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For what you're looking for try Perecca's in Schenectady, but it's more Utica-style tomato pie.

Everyone will have their favorites that others might dislike. There's seemingly a pizza place every 100 yards up here, so there's plenty to choose from. Personally my favorites are Prima (Niskayuna) and Little Anthony's (West Albany). They both have great-tasting dough.

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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My favorite for the past 10+ years has been I Love on 4th St in Troy. The place itself is sort of "ghetto" but the pizza is amazing. Chicken marsala is one of my faves!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Personally my favorites are Prima (Niskayuna) and Little Anthony's (West Albany). They both have great-tasting dough.
good to know! the dough is my favorite part, personally, although of course our definition of "great-tasting" may differ.

Becca, i've heard a bit about i love ny pizza - i know of people who love it and people who say it's overrated, but of course you're gonna get that with any place. my husband also heard somewhere that there's more than one place with that name and one is good and one is not, and people always go to the wrong one. i dunno. if we move to the area, we are pretty much definitely moving to troy, so we will certainly be trying it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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My favorite pizza in the capital region is actually the pizzas offered at Milano in Latham. It's more of an Italian restaurant then a pizza joint, but the pizza's they make are just like you describe: thin burnt crust with very fresh toppings. You can look up their menu online you should check it out. They don't deliver though, but they have takeout.

My favorite pizza joint in the region is "crispy basil pizza" also in Latham. you can look them up online as well.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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By great-tasting dough, I mean it actually has flavor. Too many places have bland or flavorless dough.

Oh, almost forgot, Ottimo in Schenectady is a new favorite. They make a great margarita style similar to Lombardi's in NYC: cooked quickly at high heat so it's crispy, basil leaves, and sparse mozz.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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Becca, i've heard a bit about i love ny pizza - i know of people who love it and people who say it's overrated, but of course you're gonna get that with any place. my husband also heard somewhere that there's more than one place with that name and one is good and one is not, and people always go to the wrong one. i dunno. if we move to the area, we are pretty much definitely moving to troy, so we will certainly be trying it.
The one on 4th St is the original and the only one I will go to. Again, it is sort of "ghetto" and tends to cater to the late night crowd. But I don't think I've ever been to Troy and haven't gotten I-Love while I'm there. Actually, I'll be out there next weekend There are a few other I-Love's now but I don't think they're really affiliated with the original.


ETA: And what I mean by "ghetto" is that it's not the most well-kept place. There are a few tables for sitting, but the majority of people take their pizza to go.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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Oh my, this is one of the most controversial topics in the Capital District and will lead to debates almost coming to blows. The fact that no particular style of pizza predominates (e.g. NYC style, Chicago style, Utica style) doesn't help. Check out the posts on this year's Tournament of Pizza to get some ideas.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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i think "what is the best pizza" is a contentious topic anywhere!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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my favorite style (and my husband's too) is new haven style - it's basically neapolitan with a thin, chewy crust, cooked in a coal-fired oven, a little bit burnt, sauce that is fresh-tasting and not very sweet, mozzarella is considered a topping (it comes with grated parm or romano by default). is there anything like that in the albany area?
Nico's on State St in Schenectady!

You won't find New Haven style. There aren't any coal fired ovens. Coal is not a heating source in the area. You will find many with gas fire brick ovens. Mozz is the cheese used on pizza locally. Some places you can add parm or romano as a toppping. You can get Neapolitan or Sicilian style easily. Also deep dish/Chicago style in some places.

This is a VERY controversial topic you've started! You're pretty safe in all of the Northeast when it comes to pizza. Now if you go to the South, you're screwed. I lived in SC for 2 1/2 years and Domino's was the best pizza I could find. Cardboard has more flavoring!
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